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City of Reno, NV Police Sergeant in Reno, Nevada

Police Sergeant

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Police Sergeant

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$96,102.39 - $116,801.68 Annually

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Classification Description Summary

Under general supervision, is responsible for supervisory police work of average difficulty, commanding or assisting in the command of a team or unit; and performs related work as required.


A Police Sergeant supervises, assigns, reviews and participates in the work of law enforcement staff responsible for providing traffic and field patrol, investigations, crime prevention, community relations, training and/or related services and activities; acts as a watch commander as assigned; ensures work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; participates in community based police activities and programs; performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of law enforcement services and activities; and performs related work as required.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Plan, coordinate, prioritize, assign, supervise, review, and participate in the work of personnel on an assigned shift.

Participate in administration of the department's budget, as well as grant allocations; submit recommendations; monitor expenditures; participate in other administrative functions as assigned.

Monitor work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures; participate in the development of policies and procedures; make recommendations for changes and improvements to existing policies and procedures.

Conduct periodic staff (personnel inspections) and equipment inspections.

Act as a liaison with other outside agencies, the public, and between management and subordinate personnel.

Contact and coordinate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders, disaster preparedness, training, and information systems and police program management.

Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public.

Anticipate libelous situations; reduce or eliminate civil exposure.

Answer questions from the public concerning local and state laws, procedures, and activities of the department; participate in community meetings, including oral presentations.

Train and evaluate assigned personnel; provide training, guidance, and counseling to assigned personnel; complete employee performance evaluations and review as required; promote career development of staff.

Participate in all normal shift activities as assigned, including enforcing local and state laws, issuing citations, making arrests, administering first aid; responding to hazardous materials incidents and complete necessary forms.

Prepare regular and special reports.

Coordinate and supervise special programs or projects as assigned.

May be assigned a variety of administrative duties related to background and internal affairs investigations.

Supervise and assist subordinates in follow-up investigations, including the gathering of evidence, questioning of witnesses, and apprehension of suspects.

Supervise and participate in the preparation of reports for various cases, including cases going to trial; prepare supplemental reports as required; appear in court to present evidence and testimony as required.

May coordinate the activities of sworn and civilian personnel in planning for and dealing with emergency and hazardous situations.

Other assigned activities by the Chief of Police, Deputy Chief, Commander or Police Lieutenant.

Enforces departmental policies and procedures within scope of authority.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Modern police methods and procedures, including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, and investigation.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations, including laws governing the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons accused of felonies and misdemeanors.

Rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure and preservation of evidence.

Techniques and applications of self defense and proper use of force.

Use, operation, and maintenance of police equipment (including standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system), vehicles, and tools (including firearms).

Proficient understanding of and ability to use computers and supporting applications.

Principles and techniques used in public relations, including techniques and principles of effective interpersonal communication.

English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation, including principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.

Principals and practices of personnel deployment, supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Ability to:

Supervise, organize, schedule, evaluate, train and review work of assigned staff.

Gather, assemble, analyze, evaluate, and use facts and evidence.

Utilize mental capacity allowing the capability of exercising sound judgment and rational thinking under dangerous and stressful conditions.

Interpret, apply, and make decisions in accordance with applicable federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.

Interpret and explain City law enforcement policies and procedures.

Utilize problem-solving techniques to increase effectiveness; identify and generate "a better way of doing things" by viewing issues or problems as opportunities for improvement rather than as obstacles.

Think clearly and act quickly in a variety of situations.

Perform the full range of law enforcement assignments.

Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, including preparing clear and concise reports and routine correspondence.

Engage tactfully and courteously with the public and law enforcement personnel; demonstrate a high ability to interact with the public courteously, with patience and a positive attitude.

Maintain contact and preserve good relations with the public; respond to requests and inquiries from the general public in a timely manner.

Thrive in a team environment that encourages cooperation, communication, and mutual sharing of risk, responsibility, and reward.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Graduation from high school or GED.


Five years as a confirmed Police Officer in the Reno Police Department.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a field and office environment; travel to different sites; exposure to inclement weather conditions, noise, dust, fumes, and gases; exposure to irate and abusive individuals; exposure to mechanical hazards and to hazardous traffic conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field and office setting; to travel to various locations to respond to emergency and non-emergency situations; to walk or sit for prolonged periods of time; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate a motor vehicle or other mode of transportation, office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to operate assigned equipment; and to verbally communicate to communicate and exchange information.

Supplemental Information



Last Update: 09/2018

Human Resources Department

JD 11/2018

BENEFITS IN BRIEF Please Note: The following benefits are currently under review and subject to change at any time. No state income tax. Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years. No social security participation (1.45 % Medicare deduction required). City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount towards dependent coverage. City paid long term disability insurance and life insurance. Twelve paid holidays. Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available. Vacation leave accrued at 5 hours per bi-weekly pay period. Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period. Credit Union available.


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